Sustainable mobility is a key component of a climate-safe world. It includes transit-oriented development, urban density for walkable communities, investing in pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure (scooters too), and smart planning of the built environment to enable communities to use walking, biking, and public transportation in lieu of single passenger vehicles. It also includes designing rideshare services like Uber and Lyft to be cleaner and to carry more people per trip, making mass transit systems carbon-free by making them all-electric, and offering shared mobility services such as bike and electric scooter share programs in major metropolitan areas. However, in places where suburban sprawl already dominates the landscape, it will take decades to make changes. In the meantime, replacing gas and diesel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles is the fastest way to decarbonize our transportation system.

Phasing out fossil fuel-powered vehicles

The Climate Center advocates for policies to catalyze the mass adoption of electric vehicles in place of fossil fuel-powered vehicles to help return us to a safe climate. Read about our success here.

Transportation represents more than 40% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and California consumed 366 million barrels of gas in 2017 — more than any other state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Furthermore, California is home to 72,000 oil-producing wells that last year produced 165 million barrels of oil from onshore and offshore facilities, according to the California Department of Conservation.

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are powerful, reliable, safe, clean, convenient, and affordable.

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Did you know?

  1. You can use an electric vehicle as a back-up power source during a power shutoff. Learn how >>
  2. Electric vehicles are cleaner than gas cars, even when powered by coal.
  3. The best-selling truck in America is about to go electric, along with many other cars, trucks, and SUVs.
  4. Sixteen countries have taken action to move electric vehicles forward through various commitments. See the list here >>

To learn how you can experience the high power and zero emissions of an electric vehicle, contact Doron Amiran (right) at doron@theclimatecenter.org.

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Global action to phase out pollution

Click here to see a list of nations who have made commitments to phase out Internal Combustion Engine (“ICE”) vehicles.

Pending California action to phase out pollution

California idea to study phasing out gas-powered cars wins new life, San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2019

Opposition to recent clean cars legislation

Click here to see a list of special interest groups who recently opposed clean cars legislation in California.

EV 101

EV 101 is your resource for easy-to-understand information answering your questions about electric vehicles.

NEWS

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Outside of Sparks, Nevada, construction of Tesla's "Gigafactory" progresses over a 15-month period. The enormous plant now manufactures the unique battery packs that power Tesla's new Model 3 vehicle. Data analysis firms like Genscape use Planet imagery and other complementary datasets to analyze the health of the world's manufacturers.

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